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Alabama Shuts Out LSU, Pats Win Showdown, Rams Finally Lose, Thomas Cell Phone Call

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In college football, #1 Alabama has been blasting their opponents all season, but some claim they’ve had easy matchups. This weekend, however, Alabama played rival, #4 ranked LSU, and easily quieted any critics. The Crimson Tide’s quarterback and Heisman trophy favorite, Tua Tagovailoa, threw for two touchdowns and even ran for a TD, but Alabama’s defense deserves much of the credit for not allowing the Tigers any wiggle-room and leading to an embarrassing shutout for LSU.  With the win, Alabama clinched a spot in the SEC Championship. Alabama 29, LSU 0.

The NFL’s most anticipated matchup of the weekend featured the showdown between quarterback greats: Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. In the 4th quarter, the game was tied 17-17, but the Pats added a jolt of excitement when they ran a trick play.  Brady lateralled to receiver Julian Edelman who then passed to James White who ran to the 2-yard line (with the next play resulting in a TD).  The Patriots won their 6th straight game. Patriots 31, Packers 17.

The Los Angeles Rams have finally lost a game thanks to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.  Brees looked unstoppable all day and put the final touch on the game when he found Michael Thomas in the end zone late in the 4th quarter.  Thomas had anticipated he’d score at some point in the game and placed a cell phone in each end zone. After Thomas scored, he grabbed the cell phone from the goal posts in an homage to former Saints’ receiver Joe Horn, who infamously pulled this stunt in 2003 and was fined $30,000 for doing so. When Horn was asked his reaction to Thomas’s celebration, he said, “It took a lot of courage … and I appreciate that, and I’ll never forget that.” He went on to quote Muhammad Ali and stated, “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” Saints 45, Rams 35.

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DJ Durkin Fired 24 Hrs After Reinstatement, Butler Sits While Rose Scores 50

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One day after the University of Maryland Board of Regents announced they were re-instating head football coach DJ Durkin, the President of the school Wallace Loh, fired him.  Durkin was blamed for Jordan McNair’s death. McNair was an offensive lineman who collapsed on the practice field after suffering from heatstroke and seizures.  According to reports, Durkin created a “toxic environment” for the team. There was a tremendous backlash from the players, the faculty and political leaders when it was announced Durkin was returning.  Jordan’s father Marty McNair said he was relieved for his family and for the teammates. He said, “This could have happened to anybody’s child. I think that was the relatable experience for everyone. We don’t send our children away to be bullied, to be called names, to feel inferior. We send our young people away to be developed as young people and have fun while they’re doing it.”

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Jimmy Butler did not play in the Minnesota Timberwolves matchup against the Utah Jazz Wednesday night (saying his body was hurting), but thankfully veteran and former MVP Derrick Rose stunned the crowd with an exciting career-high 50 points. After the game, an emotional Rose said, “(It means) everything. I work my ass off. I’m doing anything just to win. I play my heart out. My teammates told me before the game to just play my game and tonight was a hell of a night.” Butler is receiving a lot of backlash for sitting out the game and focusing on himself and not what’s best for the team. Timberwolves, 128, Jazz 125.

 

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NFL Trade Deadline, Maryland Reinstates Durkin, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer Headaches

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The NFL trade deadline took place on Tuesday and there were some big moves including wide receiver Golden Tate leaving Detroit for Philadelphia, and the Denver Broncos saying goodbye to their longtime receiver Demaryius Thomas who will now be on the field as a Houston Texan. Keep an eye out for Thomas making his debut on Sunday back in Denver when the Broncos host the Texans….awkward!

In a big story out of the college football world, the University of Maryland reinstated head coach DJ Durkin who was placed on leave in August due to an investigation into his football program after the death on June 13th of offensive lineman Jordan McNair. McNair died of heatstroke after a grueling workout on May 29th. The Maryland Board of Regents defended the reinstatement of Durkin, while Jordan McNair’s father expressed his outrage saying, “I feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach, and somebody spit in my face.”

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer explained to a number of media outlets he’s been suffering bad headaches due to a cyst on his brain. Meyer had brain surgery in 2014 and has dealt with pain off and on since then. The question on everyone’s mind is whether Meyer will be able to remain with the team. Meyer, however, said, “I am fully committed to Ohio State and the football program for as long I can.”

 

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Red Sox Up 3-1 But Astros Upset Over Controversial Call, Dodgers Up 3-2, 6th Grader Offered College Scholarship, Hope Nelson’s Inspirational Story

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The Boston Red Sox are one game away from returning to the World Series. Boston battled Houston to give them a 3-1 lead, but not without some controversy. In the bottom of the second inning, Astros’ Jose Altuve looked like he hit a home run, but a fan in the stands reached out and prevented Mookie Betts from making the catch (although it’s not clear Betts would have caught the ball either way). The umpires ruled Altuve out claiming the fan interfered with the play.

In the NLCS, Clayton Kershaw gave the LA Dodgers a 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers taking a 3-2 in the series. The Brewers took an unusual step in starting pitcher Wade Miley and then pulling him after only 5 pitches and replacing him with Brandon Woodruff. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said it was the best matchup for the team in that situation. Miley will start on Friday and said, “Will be probably the biggest game of my career, so I’m looking forward to going out there and get the chance.” Dodgers could head to the World Series with a win on Friday.

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Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kifflin announced on social media he’s offering a scholarship to sixth-grader Cole Leinart. Eleven-year-old Leinart is the son of former USC quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Matt Leinart.

In an inspiring story out of college football, Hope Nelson is a freshman helping coach her football team at Franklin College. She played defensive back for her high school football team and is a former cheerleader and pole vaulter.  She’s also blind in one eye from a freak accident as a 3-year-old. Her resilience and courage propelled her to compete at an elite level, but she’s not satisfied working as an assistant coach. She’s determined to try out next year as a sophomore to play on Franklin College’s football squad. If she makes it, she’ll be the only woman in the school’s 184-year history to make the team.

 

 

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Yankees Advance And Will Play Boston In ALDS, Alabama’s Saban Criticizes Students For Empty Seats

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In a wild-card do-or-die game with the winner advancing to the American League Division Series, the New York Yankees came out strong and dominated all night to beat the Oakland Athletics. Power hitter Aaron Judge made a statement in his first at-bat with a home run that gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.  Judge credits the energy of the crowd with his performance.  “I was feeding off of (the crowd) from the National Anthem. The last couple of seconds of the National Anthem, I couldn’t hear the ending because the crowd was getting so loud. That’s Yankee Stadium for you.” All night you could hear the fans chanting “We want Boston!” Yankees head to Boston to take on the Red Sox Friday night for the first game of the ALDS. Yankees 7, Athletics 2.

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#1 Alabama keeps winning, but that doesn’t give the fans an excuse to miss games. Coach Nick Saban addressed the issue in a press conference and did not mince words when he described how hard the players work, “They introduce our players and nobody even cheers.” He went on to say, “There’s a part of it where other people need to support them too, and there’s got to be a spirit that makes it special to play here, because that’s what makes it special to be here.” He continued, “But to see half the student section not full, I’ve never seen that since I’ve been here before.” Alabama takes to the road to play Arkansas on Saturday.

 

 

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Hill And Beadle Out At ESPN, Brady Ends Interview, USC’s True Freshman QB, Bryce Love’s Love Of Football

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Over the weekend, ESPN announced a few shakeups. Jemele Hill, once touted as a rising star at the network, ruffled feathers this year after making numerous politically controversial statements. Among her most talked about social media comments was when Hill tweeted President Trump was a “white supremacist”. ESPN, under new leadership, has been trying to avoid politics, and Hill wasn’t a good fit anymore, so they bought out her contract.

In other ESPN news, Michelle Beadle is leaving the new morning show “Get Up” this week. Beadle made her own controversial comments last week when she stated she wasn’t going to watch football anymore. She said, “There’s a reason why this will be the second season I don’t watch NFL and I don’t spend my Saturdays watching college football either. I believe that the sport of football has set itself up to be in a position where it shows itself in the bigger picture to not really care about women — they don’t really care about people of color.” Beadle, who has a $5 million dollar contract with the network, will now work in Los Angeles for NBA Countdown.

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New England QB Tom Brady hung up the phone and abruptly ended an interview on a Boston radio station after repeated questions about his trainer Alex Guerrero. Last season Guerrero was banned from traveling with the team due to his “unorthodox” training methods. He’s seemingly very close to Brady, however, and traveled on the team plane this week in their matchup with the Panthers. It’s unclear why he doesn’t want to answer questions about Guerrero.

In college football news, USC named freshman (a true freshman not a redshirt) JT Daniels as their starting quarterback this season.

Stanford running back Bryce Love, a Heisman candidate, wrote a first person account in the new issue of Sports Illustrated explaining why he loves football, and why he chose to remain at Stanford for his senior year instead of entering the NFL draft. Love explained there’s life after football, and his dream is to become a pediatrician. He said, “As much as I desperately wish to play in the NFL, I am also passionate about becoming a pediatrician—something else I’ve dreamed of ever since my doctor cured me of pneumonia when I was little.” Love also defended his decision to skip media day this summer to attend class.

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LaVar Destroyed Lithuanian Team, Kopech’s Racist/Homophobic Tweets, Sherman Launches Fantasy Site

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LaVar Ball is back in the news after his son’s Lithuanian coach posted on Twitter a letter complaining about LaVar destroying the team. The coach also mentioned his disappointment in the sons LiAngelo and LaMelo claiming, “The most disappointing fact was that they had no inner drive to become better.” He went on to say, the brothers’ talent was “nowhere near the level of the LKL (Lithuanian league), let alone the NBA.”

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Pitcher Michael Kopech made a solid major league debut on Tuesday night with the White Sox, then soon realized he’s back in the news for racist and homophobic tweets he made 5 years ago at the age of 17.  Kopech responded to the criticism by saying, “It’s unfortunate that I was ever at that point mentally, but it’s not who I am now. Yeah, I cleaned some tweets up and tried to get rid of them. But, obviously, people saw them. It’s not who I am now, and it’s not who I want to be.’’ Kopech joins major leaguers Trea Turner, Sean Newcomb and Josh Hader who also had to apologize recently for old racist remarks surfacing on their social media accounts.

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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman launched a daily fantasy sports site called Daily Number. As a co-founder of the company, he’s believed to be the first player to own or co-own a fantasy game.

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Urban Meyer Suspended 3 Games And Showed No Remorse, Browns Asst Coach Hates Stretching, Helmet Rule Remains

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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was suspended for 3 games for how he handled the domestic abuse allegations against his assistant coach  Zach Smith. Meyer held a press conference Wednesday night apologizing to the University for how the situation was handled. He never admitted, however, he knew anything about the years of abuse Smith’s wife, Courtney, suffered, even though Courtney shared her suffering with Meyer’s wife via text messages. Meyer even knew  there was a police investigation. Many are upset with Meyer’s lack of emotion and contrition during the press conference, never mentioning Courtney’s name or her years of suffering.

Cleveland Browns assistant coach Bob Wylie made it very clear he hates stretching and went on a rant about how unnecessary it is for athletes. In defense of his beliefs he brought up the athleticism of soldiers and said, “Did you know, World War I and World War II, all those guys that fought in that war … they did pushups, jumping jacks, situps, climb the rope and ran. None of this fancy (expletive). And they won two World Wars. Do you think they were worried when they were running across Normandy about (expletive) stretching?”

The NFL decided its new controversial helmet rule will remain in place, with the clarification that unintentionally contact will not be called. An NFL executive explained “The committee resolved that there will be no changes to the rule as approved by clubs this spring, which includes no additional use of instant replay. The committee also determined that inadvertent or incidental contact with the helmet and/or face mask is not a foul.”

 

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Marchiol Accuses Texas A&M Of NCAA Violations, Smith Suspended For Domestic Abuse, Nationals Throw In Towel

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Linebacker Santino Marchiol accused Texas A&M of alleged NCAA violations.  Marchiol left the program last season and transferred to Arizona, accusing coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff of violations including giving cash to players for hosting recruits and holding training sessions that violated  NCAA rules. Part of the reason Marchiol is airing these complaints is he’s hoping he can convince the NCAA to allow him to be eligible to play at Arizona this season instead of sitting out due to transfer rules.

The Baltimore Ravens  cornerback Jimmy Smith has been suspended for four games for domestic violence and illegal drug use by his former girlfriend. Smith said, “I take full responsibility for my past conduct. Moving forward, I will work with the NFL and the Ravens to ensure that what happened in the past will never happen again. I will take all necessary steps to be a positive role model for both my sons, for the NFL and for the entire Ravens community.” The Ravens organization stated, “Our player’s behavior was inappropriate and wrong” but they plan to keep Smith on their roster and expect him to play when his suspension is over.

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The Washington Nationals traded All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs and first baseman Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals. With these two trades, the fans and media are all saying the Nationals have “thrown in the towel” after their disastrous season.

 

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Harbaugh Confident No Violations, Rodgers Hopes Team Not Soft, Anthony Signs W/Rockets, deGrom’s Prospects

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After 13 football players at the University of North Carolina were suspended for selling their team-issued Jordan brand shoes on the secondary market, reports surfaced that Michigan athletes (not necessarily football players) may have sold their Jordan brand shoes as well. Football coach Jim Harbaugh said he doesn’t suspect any of his players violated the NCAA regulation, and as far as he can tell there won’t be any suspensions this season.

Last week Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers called his team’s practice “piss poor“. He clarified the comments this week saying he wasn’t trying to send a message and stating, “I hope we’re not that soft.”

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Carmelo Anthony officially signed with the Houston Rockets. The big question is whether he’ll be a starter or come off the bench. According to Coach Mike D’Antoni, “We talked about everything. How we would handle this or do that. All he wants to do is win. He wants to come in here & contribute, even said he wanted to be the glue guy. We got to figure out what’s the best way to play him & get the max out of him.”

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Jacob deGrom helped the Mets beat the Yankees on Monday night, walking off the field to cheers from an enthusiastic New York crowd. With the win, deGrom has 7 wins and a .500 season (although he’s recorded a 1.81 ERA), so many are speculating whether his poor team performance will prevent him from winning the NL Cy Young award. Even though he’s considered one of the best pitchers in the game, according to the stats, “no starting pitcher has won the Cy Young with fewer than 13 wins.”

 

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